NBI busts another scam victimizing mall workers


Another investment scam has been uncovered.

Weeks before the P12-billion investment scam of Aman Futures was exposed, hundreds of employees of a popular mall chain in Metro Manila were reported to have been victimized using the same double-your-money-scheme, the National Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

A suspect in the investment scam, Imelda Labadia, also known as Imelda Lomido, was arrested in an entrapment operation Tuesday morning in her house at Signal Village in Taguig City, the NBI said.

Special agent Gary Ruiz, NBI National Capital Region officer on case, said the house of Lomido served as her office where all cash transactions took place.

“Based on the sworn statements of the victims, in one mall outlet alone, she victimized 300 employees and some of them even hold managerial and supervisory positions,” Ruiz said.

He added that money received by Lomido from employees of the mall alone “could reach P30 million.”

The victims started filing their complaints last month after Lomido’s remittance had fallen behind, the NBI agent said.

Melissa, not her real name, one of those who filed a complaint in the NBI, said she was lured into investing in Lomido’s scheme because she had seen her officemates enjoy their profits.

“I envied my officemates who were able to buy expensive cell phones and clothes with the interest of the money they entrusted to Lomido,” Melissa said.


15-percent interest

She said Lomido promised her a weekly interest of 15 percent for her P300,000 investment.

“It was money borrowed from relatives and friends, my hard earned savings and salary,” Melissa said.

Melissa, a supermarket cashier, did not reveal her real name for fear that she would be sanctioned by the mall management for talking to the media.

She said the matter had reached the mall management, which has  ordered employees to stop transacting with Lomido.

“We were ordered to stop dealing with Lomido and in the event this reach the media, not to drag the name of the company to the controversy. Otherwise we will be fired,” Melissa said.

In an interview with the Inquirer, Lomido denied she ran away with the investors’ money.

She said the mall employees entrusted their money to her voluntarily. “They would go to my house and ask me if I could invest their money for them,” Lomido said.

She said the money she received was lent “to market vendors with an interest of 20 percent a month.”

Ledgers seized

Several ledgers where Lomido recorded the transactions are now in the possession of the NBI, according to Ruiz.

“We have recovered several ledgers and notebooks which detail her transactions,” Ruiz said.

“It’s very crude. Lomido will not issue an acknowledgment receipt but show the investor a notebook where the investment is being recorded,” he said.

Also found in the house of Lomido were small envelopes bearing names of the investors and the amount they were supposed to receive.

Multiple estafa cases will be filed against Lomido, according to Ruiz.

He said the NBI was looking for Lomido’s partner Ricky Fontillas.

Divisoria vendors

Vendors in Divisoria, Manila, were among the 15,000 victims of Aman Futures.

A life better than selling counterfeit watches and bags on the streets of Divisoria enticed Noraida to invest in Aman Futures.

“We dreamt of finally being able to afford the required deposit and capitalization for a proper store from the interest we would get from the money we invested in Aman,” the victim said.

Noraida was among nine vendors from Divisoria who went to the NBI yesterday to file a complaint against Aman Futures.

She said that she found out about the big interest offered by Aman through their relatives in Mindanao.

“We communicate through cell phones and we were told how our friends and neighbors’ lives had changed because of their investment with Aman,” Noraida said.

She said she gave Aman a total of P250,000 on Sept. 26 and was supposed to receive her gains on Oct 12.

Documents Noraida submitted to the NBI showed that Aman Futures deducted a certain amount from interest income for tax purposes.

“There’s no processing fee, but taxes for interest money were collected,” Noraida said.

She added that apart from losing the money she feared for her life.

“We could be killed by our creditors if we could not give back their money. They might not believe us that we invested the money in Aman and we were swindled,” Noraida said.

“Now we are back on the streets and we don’t know if we can still recover the money,” she said.

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  • Camillo

    Buti nga sa inyo! Ang gaganid niyo!

  • nti_boohaya

    Bakit di busisihin ang mga 5-6 na Bombay?  Maraming ganyan sa probinsiya hindi nga lang kalakihan gaya ng milyomilyon na nababanggit lately.  Walang kaibahan yan sa mga telcos, Meralco at SSS na nag oover charge pero walang nakakasoshan at walang nangyayari kung nabulgar man. You win some, you lose some.  That’s life in the Philippines where the biggest crocodile goes unscathed.

    • tukmoldinako

      oo nga naman, yung mga bumbay ay dapat tingnan ng gobyerno dahil wala itong permit to operate at walang taxes na kinikita rito dapat ang transaction nila ay may karampatang buwis din, hulihin lahat ang mga bumbay. lol

      • ever green

        true…marami pang violation pag naka motor–overloading parati at hindi naka helmet – kahit may turban sa ulo….hahahahaha….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3RLPHJC22IWKZ5BKT2HK6MNV4 Ashfaq Ahmed

      at least sa bumbay, ikaw ang tumatanggap ng pera. at di naman sila namimilit, ung mangungutang pa nga ang namimilit. Mataas nga talaga ang interest nila pero madami din sa kanila ang tinatakbuhan.. minsan di rin nila narerecover ang pinautang kpag natakbuhan. Since mataas ang risk nila, mataas din ang interest..

  • tukmoldinako

    nandyan na naman yan , at nagtatago pa sa name na Labadia, swindler talaga yan, parang Labadia na naman yung pyramid na nabulgar noon, dapat kasi inilalathala sa lahat ng pahayagan na nakukulong itong mga ito ng di pamarisan, biruin mo worth 30 million ang halaga na niloloko sa mga nagbabakasakaling kumita ang maliit na pera nila kinita sa dugo at pawis sa katatayo sa mga malls at pagtitinda.

    ikulong na yang si Imelda Lomido nayan, balitaan naman sana tayo kung may kahihinatnan ang kaso nyan, baka mapunta sa lagay din at makalabas lang. 

    • Ronilo Yap

      di naman yata niloloko, sa nababasa ko, pinapatubo niya ng 15% yong pera ng investor, at pinapautang niya sa vendors ng 20% interest. Professional fee nalang yang 5%.. Sus naman.. pumutok lang yang AMAN lahat na nang investment scheme sasabihin ng ponzi. Eh kung ako, kukuha ng pera ng mga katrabaho ko at e finance ko sa farm at hahatiin ang net income. Scam na rin ba yon?

    • tukmoldinako

      Haka haka lang po ito at di naman po tayo marunong sa ganyang busines, scam parin siguro unless you have a legal permit to do it and registered thru SEC, BIR for you to pay karampatang buwis, the point of hiding under a different name itself suffice of being a scammer that in time that she cannot pay her obligation she cannot be trace anymore. Put your business legally like pawn shop with a name , may be you will not be called a PonZi, thanks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTCTFQ5DGBJY5OKGHXCDKWITJ4 Pinoy Zablan

    Attention NBI and proper authorities you need to arrest Anna Fatima De Villa Mendoza and husband Vincel Dimaculangan Pedernal of 6 Honduras Street, Loyala Grand Villas, Quezon City for estafa. They owned Agripoint Inc. another investment scam which duped a lot people. Arrest warrants had been issued and they are currently hiding and running away from the law. Beware of this couple you could be the next victims. Search google for Anna Fatima Mendoza to see their pictures.

  • disqusted0fu

    scam after scam after scam. and yet the palace is claiming that crime has lessened  in this administration??? anyway, why are all these scams coming out now? trending? this government is living up to their tag name as a showbiz government. they just go after the trending topics. very much like show business.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      lumitaw lang si scam whistle blower na si ms cam sa tv, nabulabog na lahat ng mga nang-iiscam sa pilipinas

  • vinzerx

    LOL at scammed investors.

  • feargo

    as p. t. barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute.


    MERON pa bang lalaki pang SCAM kaysa bahay ng mga buwitre, buaya, at mga linta ng bayan?  Saan?  Sa Gatasang Pangbansa at sa Seneytarium.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEL5M676WZ7BLFR4SNH66WKRZM Bigboy I

    isunod nyo na yung MLM dami nagkalat sa facebook!

  • RomyLitz

    Any scams or Ponzi system follows the rule of “it takes two to tango”, therefore the potential victims (mostly the greedy and lazy ones wanting to get rich quickly) must all under go a seminar called, “The Art of Knowing a Scam-Ponzi Scheme”. On a nationwide basis down to Baranggay Level ,a seminar of the topic must be conducted religiously. Even High School and College students must be compelled to attend this seminar or that the DECS must include this curriculum. Knowledge is the most potent antidote to these scams.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    gahaman lang talaga tayo kaya marami pa rin naloloko!  sa enterprise na nga lang sa makati ginawa na nilang extension ng opisina nila ang food court, dun na sila nagta transact ng business  nila.  pero nakakabilib lang kasi marami pa rin silang naloloko.  mukha naman nakapag aral yung mga umaatend ng mga presentation nila.  bakit kaya?

  • Ronilo Yap

    Seems legit.. Raket lang yan.. kaysa ilagay sa bangko, kukunin mo nang 15% interest, papautang mo naman ng 20% interest. Anong mali doon? at least alam ng mga investors ang scheme.. unlike aman na pagalitan ka kung mag tanong ka kung saan iniinvest ang pera.. sa scheme na yan, kung mag work mas panalo ang investor.. seguro di pa na collect ang collectibles at na trigger din sa scams na nagpuputokan.. 

    • sakinlang

      Paanong mananalo ang investor? She will be giving 15% interest WEEKLY at ipapautang niya sa iba with 20% interest MONTHLY! Ano na nangyari sa MATHEMATICS natin?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    It’s not much different of what “elite’s”, 
    Politician’s and some Government official’s are doing,
    a Pilipino trend destroying every country hope.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Clergy men’s are smarter than others,

    selling Paradise ticket’s for own profit since centuries….

    In the past, at the first complain, Torture and fire on the Plaza where waiting for you.

  • $8278216

    Ito lamang ang masasabi ko,,, p,,,,g hudas ang mga taong ito na mapag samantala sa kapwa, wala itong kapatawaran, pinaghirapan ng iba ang pinakain sa kanilang mga anak. mme. De Lima, dapat pong linisin ang ganitong klaseng  panloloko.

    • Scar Mind

      e yong mga gahaman at tanga…


    For the love of money is the root of all evils. Ignorance can destroy life but many people never learn from the mistakes of others.

  • $14334231

    if it sound too good to be true…..it’s a SCAM!!!…..

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